Goddamn the pusher! Dinamic, the action specialists from Spain, have extrapolated the current drug crisis forward into the year 2003 and what they see is bleak. One fifth of the entire world are addicts and the drug czars have immense power. The Narco Police are the answer to this problem, and their solution is final.
Three teams of heavily-
Shot in The Dark
The soldiers are simple folk. Once you've stopped off at the weapons shop and been directed to a tunnel, they just plod along doing what you tell them to. Until they fall over dead that is, after being shot, which isn't their fault. They follow the stick movements every way except backwards - this is used for changing ammunition - and for changing ammunition - and therefore cannot backtrack.
Firing is controlled by pressing the fire-
The boys wander the corridors trying to find the elusive CPL (Central Processing Laboratories) and are constantly surprised by hordes of guards, automatic gun cameras and laser trackers. All these have to be blasted out with different ammunition. Occasionally they change upon machine-
Walk Like a Man
It is not the shooting - which is delightfully loud - and the mapping that makes NP so impressive, but the fluid movement of the characters. Walking is seen from three, slightly different, perspectives, also the shoulders dip as the gun sweeps around and the NPs fly backwards, bloody gushing, when shot. Each frame of movement has been well thought out and animated, to create realism and heighten tension.
The computer the NPs carry is supposed to free the joystick for fighting and moving. Yet the 'computer' is very sensitive and typing errors earn an 'unknown command' message. This leaves you expect a missile, but nothing happens, very embarrassing and dangerous.
In the second stage the ordinary soldiers are replaced by hardened mercenaries. This toughness is not be sneered at as it ensures hours of play, but it's only for the determined and not just thrill seekers.
Narco Police requires repeated playing at first to find the right route and then some hard blasting to make it through. The correct munitions must be selected, the right tunnels chosen and all the battles won. Backed up by great animation and sound effects the Narco Police should be shooting for the top.